Still impressed by the live presentation of HoloLens, we have to be aware of the enormous product promotion. Actually we have already heard of a similar product previously when Microsoft presented Kinect as game changing innovation.
In short: despite of all promises nothing really happened and we are still waiting for Kinect coming to take our home entertainment to a new level. Besides this, especially Google had to make the bitter experience that people refuse to wear the AR goggles out in public – the Glass user were even declared as “Glassholes”.
Against this background we meet with skepticism as Microsoft presents another device that should transform our world – even though with holograms.
In an article from gamesindustry, former Microsoft executive Peter Molyneux was interviewed and raised several concerns.
“It did remind me of [Kinect]. You kind of want to scream ‘don’t over promise these things.’ The thing about the concept videos is they feel so seamless and it just looks like everything’s working and actually, as we found with Kinect, it works all fine if you’ve got the perfect environment and the perfect distance away and you’re the right shape human being. But it’s very challenging if any of those things don’t come together perfectly,”
Polygon‘s Ben Kuchera is also more cautious about HoloLens adding that
The problem is that Microsoft has only shown that hardware in a controlled environment, and we have to keep in mind the difference between these first displays of the technology and the reality of what is actually shipped.
To put it all in a nutshell, Microsoft is taking steps to realize their AR vision. All we can do is being patient about the further development and thinking about how HoloLens could shape our future.